Twice this morning I caught only the tail-end of a news piece on health insurance, so please forgive the fuzzy details. It seems that there is a movement starting amongst U.S. health insurance companies toward a different way of "handling" coverage of what are categorized as "4th tier" drugs. This 4th tier includes the very expensive medications commonly used by people with chronic inflammatory illnesses. The trend is that the companies will not pay for very much of the expense of these drugs, nixing the usual low amount of the expected co-pay. Instead, patients are meeting with a rude shock when they show up at the pharmacies to get their prescriptions. It seems the movement is growing and is expected to become the norm within several months. Any elaboration on this will be appreciated from someone who knows more about it.
So, what will that mean to this site? There will probably be a stampede away from the interferons and other obscenely expensive drugs offered to us chronics. People will start investigating other options, and they will find us. This will be a wonderful turn of events for those who discover the site, but the trickle of newcomers (that recently became a stream) may seem like an overwhelming flood a few months from now.
Not only will the numbers of those future newcomers be comparatively great, they will also be a different crowd. Most likely they will be folks who have faith in the mainstream treatments, and they will resent having to resort to what they deem to be inferior, dangerous alternatives (like abx). We must prepare to welcome these newcomers carefully, gently, with understanding. This will be very difficult for many of us (including me).